Friday, February 27, 2015

Your Alien

This is the cover my first fully illustrated picture book "Your Alien" written by Tammi Sauer. Coming August 4th 2015!
You can preorder it on amazon.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Penguins of Madagascar Final Post

A little late but here comes my last post for Penguins of Madagascar. This was probably the biggest task I've ever gotten at DreamWorks Animation. I was assigned to design the main end titles for the movie. It was done entirely in After effects and in Stereo. It was the first time I worked in stereoscopic 3D which came with a lot of unexpected problems but somehow I was able to figure it out. I had about one month from start to finish. I remember people looking at me weird cause I was working in my cube with those clunky 3D glasses on. It was an amazing experience (though quite nerve racking because of all the new things I had to learn). As a side note these credits look a hundred times better in Stereo cause you can really feel the depth. But for now I will only have the 2D version available. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Enjoy your holidays with your loved ones.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar #15

Before I get to my last post I wanted to share a few more early vis dev pieces. These ideas didn't make it into the movie since the story changed quite a bit but I had fun painting these.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar #14

Here are a few color keys from the sequence where the North Wind and the Penguins are spying on the bad guy. I created these pieces using screen grabs of David Huang's 3D set and his binocular head up display design. I also created an animated version of the binocular HUD based of David's design to show what the final shot should look like. I'm happy that the final version you see in the movie came really close to what you see here.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar #13

Here are some earlier vis dev pieces of the sequence where the penguins hijack the north wind's vtol. These are from way back in 2012 I believe...

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar #12

I did quite a bit of 3D modeling for the Shanghai sequence. I collaborated with Nic Henderson on this set. The first image is the aquarium interior establishing shot which is based on Nic's 3D set that he designed. Below is the version of the Shanghai dock I designed before Nic took over to add his aquarium set.
I also did various props for this sequence. In an earlier version of the story the penguins went to Hong Kong instead which is why there are designs for the hong kong sampan boats and store fronts. Unfortunately those pieces never made it into the film. If you watched the movie you might recognize the turquoise colored boat that was used in the sequence where the penguins hijack the vtol of the North Wind chasing after the bad guy.

Hong Kong Store Fronts

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar #11

This was one of the first sequences going into production. Below are color thumbnails for each shot accompanied by a couple of color keys a matte painting and private's glowing effect design I did for that sequence. Next stop: Shanghai!

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